Family sailing holidays aren’t just an opportunity for budding skippers to wear silly hats and control the tiller all holiday long – the plus points are rather more numerous than that. Just think about it: you can set sail whenever you like, sailing from one beautiful location to another at the turn of a wheel. Best of all, you don’t have to put up with heaving beaches. Just find your own deserted stretch of sand or an isolated cove, moor up and enjoy the sunshine and quiet. Sailing doesn’t have to be an activity holiday, you know.
The more competent sailors among you might like to take the wheel yourself on one of our yachts in Spain or Greece. Or, for a little added luxury, you can hire your own private skipper.
For families in which there’s an even split between sea legs and landlubbers, there’s the sailing holiday compromise of renting a holiday home that has the use of its own boat and private mooring. Check out these sailing adventures in the Caribbean and along the coast of England.
But if sailing sounds just a little too involving for what’s supposed to be a relaxing holiday, there is the more tranquil option of a houseboat. Either stay put or pootle merrily around the waterways of England and the Netherlands. Whichever appeals more, you should definitely step aboard soon.
“Absolute value for money..!!!” We were a gang of 12 and we absolutely enjoyed our cruise in the houseboat. The houseboat was extremely clean and the staff was very courteous and very helpful and friendly. We were taken for a thoroughly relaxing cruise
We stayed with Pournami Houseboats during our honeymoon trip and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. The boat crew was really friendly. Alappuzha being a non-vegetarian's paradise, we expected medi… More
We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed the houseboat trip. Thank you so much. Come back soon :)
“A truly memorable day and night - yummy :P”
Reviewed 23 Nov 2013
Wonderful experience. We had an overnight cruise with pournami house Boat. Me and my wife we really enjoyed the trip. We got a warm welcome to the boat. Delicious food <3 . The boat was neat and clean… More
“Houseboat for relaxation and with exellent view.” We spend 6 days on Humpy Dumpy. It was a great place to arrive home to after exploriating northern Holland during the day. I would have liked to have more time on the boat. using the bikes and renting
After all the hustle and bustle of an Indian city life, the stay at The Humpy Dumpy was just what I needed. We are constantly surrounded with noise and the stress and pressures of our daily lives that… More
“It was a great relax weekend.” 4 of us were at Chennai for business trip from U.S.A. We booked the boathouse 2 days before the trip. We all had a great relax weekend. All staffs are Nice and friendly.
“Toby 2014” Excellent experience. We had typical March Chiloe weather with a mix of sunny and rainy days. The food and service at the boat were great. In fact the sea food was outstanding, Kayaking and using the small motor boats were pluses. Visit to
Once again, 2 years after the first trip, the Alba experience was incredible. Food on board is outstanding making intense use of locally sourced seafood and shellfish. New (improved) canoes are really… More
“Beautifull sight views, excellent dinning and activities from the crew”
Reviewed 1 Apr 2014
A marvelous trip with good accomodations and an exquisit food on board, sometimes barbecues in open places surrounded by exhuberant vegetation. Absolutely recomended to escape from the cities and take… More
“THE way to experience Patagonia and the Andean fjords!”
Reviewed 31 Mar 2014
This was my 9th time aboard the Alba and I can't wait to come back again!
I cannot say enough about how unique this experience is and how well attended everyone was while aboard. The Alba has alway… More
“This was our favorite part of our vacation to Spain!”
Reviewed 2 Jun 2015
We took a day trip on the catamaran with Hahn off the coast of Santa Ponca, Mallorca. He was so nice and accommodating to our party of 6. We were able to bring our own wine and alcohol which not many … More
“A fabulous experience” Seldom do holidays exceed all expectations, but in the case of Dourovou we could not have had a better experience. The Douro is a perfect place to visit for a short sailing holiday, with an almost guaranteed breeze every aftern
good holiday with great scenery good for very avid sailers sailing up and down river
would like to do again from port to adriatic really enjoyed and was welcomed by alberto who did his best for ever… More
“Adventure and tranquility”
Reviewed 7 Jul 2012
If you like adventure and something more rural and 'off the beaten track', I would highly recommend a holiday with Dourovou. We chose the yacht charter for 6 nights (11th June 2012). The journey to … More
“Sailing Douro river”
Reviewed 31 May 2012
Charting a 26 MacGregor for a week or more is the best way to visit Douro river by your own .
The boats are easy to sail and very confortable .
Mr. Alberto gave us a river map and sujested places fo… More
“Feeling of constant care and joy” Marin and his crew have demonstrated the ability to include us in their love for the Adriatic and Dalmatia. They showed us the most beautiful of the entire area of the islands. We did not feel like casual tourists, bu
Friendly, helpful crew added to a thoroughly relaxing week's holiday. Small, intimate environment aboard the Leonardo with good food and pleasant ambiance. Excellent programme combining cruising, swim… More